Taste Tour Guides - Nada
Meet Nada - Guide
Nada was born and raised in Baghdad (Iraq), completing a Bachelor's degree in English literature. Nada had to leave Iraq after the Gulf War, migrating to Australia in 1992. Now she lives with her family in Merrylands, NSW. Nada would love you to join her on a Global Explorer tour of Fairfield.
What are your interests/hobbies?
My hobbies are gardening, walking, and colouring in for adults.
What are your favourite cuisines/foods?
What is something you could not live without in the kitchen/pantry?
How did you find out about Taste Food Tours?
I worked on numerous occasions for Fairfield City Council as a volunteer and have been active in the Cabramatta community and was recommended by the council staff.
Why did you decide to join the Taste adventure?
It is my passion to introduce cultures through food and flavours and also earn extra money while enjoying what I am doing.
What skills, knowledge and opportunities has this experience brought you?
Being a food tour guide is my first paying job and subsequently has given me with a strong work ethic and honing my interpersonal skills in dealing with customers.
What are you enjoying the most about being a tour guide for Taste?
I enjoy being able to tell the cultural history of the area and the personal stories that come along with the migrant journey.
How do you think Taste makes a difference (both to the local community and the customers)?
Taste provides an enriching cultural immersion into many pockets of migrant suburbs and facilitates the information that is provided to deter ignorance and spread cultural awareness and ultimately tolerance of others. For local businesses owned by migrants themselves, their resources are limited compared to corporations. Taste steps in to provide their restaurant with customers and ultimately boost the local economy.
What else do you do when you’re not a tour guide?
I regularly work with the local council in event management for cultural festivals such as the Cabramatta Moon Festival and attending the University of Technology Sydney as a student.
Working with TASTE has increased my knowledge and skills to be a professional Tour Guide through training and workshops. I became more confident in speaking in public and learnt more about new connections.
It is a great opportunity for me to work as a Tour guide enjoying immensely meeting people and showing my neighbourhood and exploring the history of the land by introducing the traditional Custodians of the land first, then sharing the culture of the area through food, tasting and cultural stops
Most of the participants are from distant areas they book their tour because they are interested to explore other cultures, food and diversity. Unfortunately the local media and the stereotype have a bad impact on some people, however through our TASTE tours we reflect a positive image about multiculturism .
In addition to my role as a Tour Guide I used to work as an ESL Teacher English work as a second language for adults and currently work as a Bilingual Community Educator and I run groups about the New Healthy Women Program and Stepping On Program. I have started recently my own Community Garden which I have hired through the Cumberland Council. At my spare time I volunteer to run Colouring in Classes for Adults at Merrylands Library.
Being from a Sabian Mandaean religion who are the Jewellers of Iraq and have many Jewellery stores all around Sydney in particular at Fairfield and Liverpool, through our tour I normally give an introduction about the history of my religion and our trade in life. Women will be fascinated and impressed by the jewellery which makes their husbands quite worried because they don’t want their wives to spend money which is sometimes funny.
Last but not least I am quite interested to continue working as a Tour Guide and I have already registered for four days course at Bankstown TAFE to enhance my customer’s experience.